Category: <span>FAIL</span>

Cooking

This picture was intended for the parenting series, but due to a technical failure, the light didn’t come to match the series, so it was replaced with something else. Still, it was popular enough, probably due to the subject.

cooking

Update: if curious about the final product, here is it.

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A kind of threesome

I can only hope that guy has some interesting stuff on his phone, dunno, maybe some porn or so.

a kind of threesome

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Smell the flowers

I can have only a sarcastic remark here “wake up and smell the flowers”

smell the flowers

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Profesional photo

The sign says (in Romanian):
    Professional photo executes

  • artistic photography
  • color and b/w posters
  • slide developing
  • black and white processing
  • photos for passport, id card, badges, weddings

professional photo

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Turtle life

Apparently my turtle pictorial show the happy life of some turtles in the IOR park of Bucharest, the reality is not so bright:

turtle

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Party place

Next time when I have to throw a party I may have the place (it says “for rent super bar, private parties, comfort and discretion, advantageous – low cost”)

party place

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Green city

“The capital [city] grows green” the sign says. Doesn’t look much like that, I would add.

green

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Fireworks Fail

The New Year Eve is the perfect opportunity for the photographer to get out of his house and capture some nice fireworks in all their glory. This year, for personal/family reasons, I had to stay home but still attended some fireworks: the closest ones, so we went to the Cuza (also known as I.O.R.) Park in Bucharest. It was as expected from our shady mayor: weak, boring, cheap. Reminder: next time, make the extra-effort and do to Piața Constituției, that is the worthy fireworks place in the city.

fireworks

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Kill the pig! We are not a colony!

Something struck me when photographing a traditional pig butchering, a guy told me with pride “Europe should not tell us how to kill the pig!” (background: European Union tries to impose rules for sacrifices of animals raised in rural households, Romanian peasants refuse due to convenience and price increase).
That is the key to read many recent [in/e]volutions in our society: populist politicians protesting “we are not a colony” when EU tries to push us into civilization, modernization, morals or anti-corruption: we keep the old ways, killing the animals with our hands (and eating their blood), we elect known corrupt politicians and delinquent to rule the country.
And then we drink and wait for an elusive deity to save us all. Welcome to Romania!

pig

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Romanian elections

Yesterday it was the elections day in Romania, the final results are still counted but all the pools show a decisive victory of the communist coalition, just as everyone expected. The country is bracing for at least 4 years of an authoritarian regime, rampant corruption and dissolution of the order of the law.
The elections were organized by the same communist regime, the one which, back in the summer, tried a coup d’etat (which partly failed, thanks to the European Union strong intervention) and frauded a referendum, of course they used the same tactics. For example, I travelled in the village of Jupănești in the Argeș county. Here, totally against the law, in the elections day, a huge banner of the communist coalition was placed in front of the voting station entrance. Needless to say, it was the only advertising I saw in the entire village and also needless to say, the village policeman was around, keeping an eye on everything.

elections

Actually, after we left the highway (two days before elections, when advertising was still allowed), passing trough villages, I saw only signs for the communist coalition (USL) and an extremist-populist party (PP-DD). The rural Romania in Argeș was looking like a country where is no democratic party (as far as I know, this is pretty much the case for a large part in the South and the East of the country).
This is the current-day Romania: a country with no hope.

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Groping for the National Day.

What is the most pleasant way to spend the National Day? How about having your genitals groped? Bonus: if you are a guy and the person doing it is a blond female. OR you are a girl and he is a man in uniform.

groping for the national day

Long story short: 1st of December is the Romanian National Day and traditionally there is a big military parade in Bucharest at Arcul de Triumf, which is admired by a lot of people (I heard around 15.000 were this year). Less traditional, this year the security was a lot tighter.

groping for the national day

In all the access routes, there were control filters: some gendarmes in uniforms were controlling everyone: men, women, children, old people by groping the bodies and looking inside the bags (TSA-style pnly low-tech).

groping for the national day

The gendarmes were both male and female and the intention probably was for same-gender groping only, but with such an amount of people it was chaos: everybody groping anyone. I saw an old woman protesting, who escaped only with a purse-check and an young man unhappy he was groped by a guy gendarme, not by the blond women gendarme.

groping for the national day

After this filters, there were some guys in suits watching, probably the SPP amd some more… After passing the check I stopped, turned around to shoot the groping, but somehow my view was blocked all the time. Breathing, I understood: there was a “normally” dressed guy, most likely a SPP undercover who was moving in such way to be in my view all the time while maintaining a casual appearance. Time to change my lens, put a wide one, extend my arm and shoot from above his head. He tried to extend his arms too, realized is ridiculous, exchanged a few words with a suited guy then dropped his arms. I continued shooting while asking him “is there any problem?” and when done left with “see, there is a solution for every problem”.

groping for the national day

On the positive side, when waiting in queue for the filter, I was asked if I have a press pass (had my biggest lens mounted) – don’t know if that would have me skip the filter or just go in front. Another fellow photographer was asked to take a shoot to prove the camera is working – not sure if because she had a red Nikon DLSR which the gendarmes had doubts is a real camera or because it was early in the morning, before the gendarmes got bored.

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Self modelling

If the photographers are busy chasing some falling leaves, what are those girls supposed to to? They take pictures one to each other. Stupid photographers!

self modelling

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Fuck ecology!

It looks like people organizing a marathon care about sports, health and life, but this pile of plastic bottles (and wasted bottled water) make you think twice.

marathon

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They don’t care about running

It seems like not everybody cares about the marathon, some, both people and dogs, are completely uninterested.

marathon
marathon

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Purple haze tutorial

iphone 5I rarely cross-post things from one of my blogs to another, but now my sarcastic howto edit photos for an iPhone 5 look is somewhat on-topic here, so if you want to make a bit of fun about the defective iPhone camera while learning a tiny bit of GIMP editing, go read it.

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